FEATURE FRIDAYS: SANDY TEJADA

sandy1Hailing from New York City, New York, Sandy Tejada is taking the fashion industry by storm. A performer since the age of six, Sandy excelled in everything she set her mind to. Modeling, dancing, swimming, basketball, and softball were some of the ways that Sandy got to show off her natural talents. Her mother was a huge influence in her life, bestowing upon her the wisdom to achieve the American dream, and to seize control of her own destiny. She attended St. Francis College on a four year Presidential Academic Scholarship while majoring in Communications with a concentration in Film and Broadcasting. At St. Francis, she was exposed to the world of television, theater, and film, which allowed her to discover her love and passion for acting.


Interview with Sandy Tejada

(1) When did you realize you wanted to become a model?
– As a little girl when I begged my mom to put me in modeling and acting classes, as well as pageants.

(2) What inspired you to start?MHS7_BrittanyV_0409_SandyT_605_WEB
– My history is what defines me because it is where I come from and what makes me who I am today. I am extremely proud of my Dominican heritage. I was born in Manhattan, New York and raised in Queens. I was raised by my mother who has got to be one of the most inspirational women alive. She raised my older brother, sister, and me all on her own. She did all that she could for us and we were and still are her life. My mother truly shaped me into the woman I am today. She bestowed amazing wisdom onto me, always encouraging me to follow my dreams and to seize control of my destiny. Without my mother’s advice and devotion, I don’t know where I’d be today. The most important thing that she taught me was the need for passion. I am passionate in all that I do and it is because of her encouragement. I am passionate about the need for more positive Latina female role models in the media. And, as you can see, many of the roles I play reflect this passion that my mother instilled into me.

(3) What keeps you motivated?
– My motivators have always been dreamers, believers, and people that are positive. I love being around inspiring individuals and to me, that will never get old.

sandy2(4) What does your craft mean to you?
– My crafts means following my heart, chasing my dreams, and making my life priority.

(5) How would you define your personal style?
– All trends are my least favorite. It’s so easy to get caught up in trends but you have to remember that these materialistic things don’t make up who you truly are.

(6) Who is one of your inspirations?
– “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”- Lupita Nyongo’o.

(7) What is your favorite thing about your job?
– Waking up happy!

(8) What is the most important thing to you about your brand?
– There is always something new to learn and room to grow and I have insecurities just like everyone else. But, at the end of the day, I have learned to appreciate criticism and to turn each critic into something positive that I can learn from. I have and continue to use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and my own website on a regular basis. I love that social media allows anyone to have a voice and to connect with others. Social media has worked wonderfully for me and I always like to portray a clean image at all times.

sandy3(9) Any pregame rituals?
– Putting God first. Always.

(10) What is a random fact about yourself?
– The toughest challenge for me has to be getting out of character when I play a part. I enjoy getting into character with such vigor that getting out of it sometimes poses a type of sadness in me. I love the fact that my chosen path allows me to escape reality and bring this new reality to life, on camera.

(11) What advice would you give to someone who would like to become a model?
– Be a girl who is a free-spirited and an outstanding role model. When she enters a room, she has the “IT” factor and everyone can feel it because she exudes an absolutely magnetic, positive aura. Be a girl who inspires others to be all that they can be and a girl who makes others want to do better. A girl who is beautiful on both the inside as well as on the outside because she is determined, hard-working, and dedicated to building up not only herself, but always the others around her. A girl who builds her brand and her image to perfection.

(12) Where do you want to be in 5 years?
– My future goals are endless and always growing, but at the end of the day, I hope to be a positive role model to women of all nationalities, especially to Latinas.


 

Author: Danie.M ~ Contributing editor